The New Victory Theater: Just for Kids and Their Amazing Imaginations
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A champion of variety, the New Vic is proud that no two seasons have, or will ever be, identical. Its focus is on presenting a balance of different genres-theater, dance, puppetry, clowning, music-for children as young as one through those in their teens.
At the moment, teens are the focus with Once and For All We're Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up and Listen, a mega-hit from the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe described as "a mind-blowing and potent look at adolescence through the eyes of 13 astoundingly talented teenagers." This show runs January 8-17 at The Duke on 42nd Street, the New Vic's satellite venue that offers a sophisticated intimacy to shows.
From February 5-21, the New Vic will present the British children's opera (for ages 7 and up), The Enchanted Pig ("An off-beat, funny and free-spirited opera with Anglo-glam edge"). The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (for ages 11 and up), featuring two original cast members from this fast paced romp through the Bard's abridged portfolio, returns to New York from March 5-14.
Over the years, the New Vic has also developed family workshops, school outreach programs and FYI Exhibits offering information about the show or the company or the art form itself. Occasionally in the lower lobby, kids can take part in interactive exhibits: instruments to play, clown makeup to apply, stuff to juggle... things reflective of the current show. And as for the New Vic's ushers, they're all high school and college students learning the ins and out of performance culture first hand.
Concludes Lloyd, "Every year we ask, 'What else can we do, and what can we do better?' and each new season there's something new to discover... new traditions to create."
Price-Less Productions? Oh My, Yes!
When it comes to ticket pricing, The New Vic is a paradigm of affordability. In fact, a family of four can take in a New Vic show for the price of a single Broadway ticket. However, the biggest savings and really cool perks come with membership.
By ordering tickets for three or more productions at one time, you'll automatically become a member (no-fee) and save 30 percent off ticket prices and enjoy a full season of exclusive member benefits.
Exclusive Membership Benefits:
- Three free ticket exchanges
- Priority ordering for the 2010-11 season
- Season-long savings on tickets
- "The More The Merrier" discount on tickets for family events
- Free 12-month subscription to Time Out New York Kids
- Email notices and newsletters with behind-the-scenes info and access to special events
- Exclusive member discounts
For more information regarding membership, productions and playing schedules visit www.newvictory.org.